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Jury Awards Woman $15 Million For Missed Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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A woman whose doctor missed a breast cancer diagnosis has won a $15 million medical malpractice jury verdict. According to reports, Stephanie Tesorio first discovered a lump in her breast in 2002. She had a mammogram, which Dr. Paul Fisher reviewed, and determined "no evidence of malignancy" existed. He did nothing further and ordered no additional tests. A year later when Tesorio returned, the lump was the size of a golf ball and was determined to be breast cancer.

While not all poor results or missed diagnoses constitute medical malpractice, where a health care provider fails to follow the requisite standard of care and harm occurs, he or she may be found guilty of medical malpractice. In these instances, the physician, hospital or other staff may be responsible to pay compensation for your injuries. If you believe you may have been injured as the result of a medical error, consulting with an experienced immediately Sacramento personal injury attorney is important to evaluate your case and determine your next steps.

Here, after the initial mammogram which identified the lump, a sonogram wasn't performed which is standard protocol in many instances. After the cancer was diagnosed 16 months later, Tesorio under went a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.

A spokesperson for the woman noted, "[The jury] found him negligent because he was. There was something there, something she felt, and it needed to be evaluated and if it had been, we would not be here now." Tesorio added, "I wanted him to admit he made a mistake...Doctors do make mistakes."

If you believe you or a loved one has been harmed due to a preventable medical error or medical negligence it is important to speak with an experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer to begin an investigation to determine what caused the injury and determine your right to obtain compensation. For more information about medical malpractice or any other personal injury matter, contact a top Sacramento accident attorney at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for a free consultation.


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